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Grateful Dead Live at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium on 1978-01-17

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Grateful Dead Live at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium on 1978-01-17

Topics Live concert

Promised Land, Dire Wolf, Cassidy, Loser, Looks Like Rain, Row Jimmy, Minglewood Blues, It Must Have Been The Roses, The Music Never Stopped Bertha-> Good Lovin', Candyman, Estimated Prophet-> He's Gone-> Drums-> The Other One-> Black Peter-> Truckin'-> Around & Around, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
Location Sacramento, CA

Source Soundboard


missing Around & US Blues;
Thanks to Raoul Duke;
edits/encoding by Matt Vernon & JCotsman


Reviewer: gr8tfuldad2003 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2017
Subject: Sounds better here than it did there!
Much better sound quality here than it was in the auditorium that night. I remember that the acoustics had a cavernous echo and heavy bottom end that lost Jerry's guitar. So nice to hear this show again after these many years, and to have it get better with age!
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 18, 2016
Subject: Donna and the Dire Wolf
Set One
Good Promised Land (even with minor sound glitches)
Dire Wolf- Donna sounds great on this Dire Wolf.
Jerry sounded much better vocally.
Cassidy-Also like Donna's range in relation to Weir on this flight of the seabirds...
Sound with slight static.

Hey I am wondering if this is the really cool concert hall in the heart of downtown Sacramento.
I went to a convention and this hall was within walking distance -the building though pretty huge was very elegant and had a great old time vibe.

Can hear them tune for LOSER. love this set list!
Really like Weir and Donna backing Jerry.

Some kinda incident, "Weird" oh no-please don't mess with the vibe- that did not go over well earlier in the tour.
Bob heads for Looks Like Rain almost impossible to clench a fist during this tune.
Donna shadowing Bobby to start the tune,
I kinda like when she sings along with him.
She lays down some nice oh's and ah's
and she sings final line on her own.

Hard to figure out what the conversation is about right now. Something with Weir and Garcia.
Another mellow tune, Jerry answers LLR.
Not sure it gets much mellower than Row Jimmy The rhythm section is back to work.
Also picking up some Phil Zone!
(Still got static here and there)
Ouch during the end of Row Jimmy.

They are ready to rock again,
Jerry asks "What you got"
Bob- Minglewood
Hide the good china it's MINGLEWOOD!
"The preacher man called me a sinner
but his little girl called me a saint"
The rockin' tunes are hot for this show!

Jerry bringing another ballad
The ROSES- The band is very much in control of the tempo of this show. They don't let themselves get caught up in the crowd's excitement.
Phil picking up the pace on his bass.
Donna nice again with back-up,
I can hear Keith step out a little.
To me Jerry's voice though raspy is still fitting in good with the music, almost sounds like Donna is a little hoarse as well.
Guitar outstanding on ROSES.
Perfect choice- A mellow tune that picks up in pace as it goes.
MUSIC-Always! Love Bobby and Donna for this.

Set Two
Great Bertha opener
I like the lay out of this BERTHA
it makes me want to skip or hop
or hopscotch or something?

Note: Just before ESTIMATED you can hear WEIR lay out a setlist that goes up to Truckin' to which Garcia concurs. ENJOY!
"I am in no hurry"
The harmonies on BLACK PETER make it one of the best I have heard. (just had to get that in)
5 stars = for the show itself
-1 star = incomplete show / some static.
Reviewer: funky avocado - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2008
Subject: One of the stronger jan 78 shows
I struggle at times to listen to some shows from early 78, especially the ballads, due to Gar's laryngitis but for some reason this show doesn't distract me(well the black peter is rough). Bob and Donna sound in top form vocally during the looks like rain even with a brief miscue at the end. The Minglewood has some impressive r&r guitar work by gar as if he is a bit amped up... Goooood stuff.

The meat of the show for me is the estimated->he's gone->drums->other one... the playing is focused and while the too doesn't start with a BANG like say 1/22, it slithers along and goes to enough places to make anyone grin. Thanks for the upload.
Reviewer: nestajerry - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 17, 2007
Subject: Jams
great Jams,Other One, overall good stuff, too bad about Jerrys voice
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 24, 2005
Subject: Not a 5 Jerry's voice is shot and the tape has probs
However this is a solid 4+ and there are some great versions of Promised Land even with the glitches, Cassidy is excellent, Music is extraordinary, Good lovin+++, and arockin Estimated which makes me think some of those played in '78 are actually better than '77. If ever there was a year for that song this is it. Don't forget a 20 min Other One which blooms seemlessly out of a long cool space.

All of that said, the whole year Jerry had laryngitis it seems like more likely from freebasing than anything else which is a pity as there are plenty of vestigial remnants of '77 in this music.
Reviewer: iriedancer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2005
Subject: Superb!
This show rocks, especially the Estimated.
Reviewer: ny dead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2005
Subject: sounds good
I like the looks like rain...very nice, Thunder Phil-bombs-bring a helmet
Reviewer: suchfriendsaredangerous - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2005
Subject: as always top notch!
as if the dead would bring anything less to the table. this is an extremely good set list, if flows well together, and is a rather unique rendition of the songs compared to other versions of the same songs of 1978, which is by far one of the most magical years for the dead. the sound quality is near the highest i've downloaded from this archive.
Reviewer: jillymom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 5, 2004
Subject: g
good sound
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